What are the best books about character illustration and design?

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    #1Creative Character Design

    Creative Character Design

    Creative Character Design is an art instructional book written by Bryan Tillman. It was published by Focal Press on June 15, 2011. In Creative Character Design, Bryan Tillman instructs artists on good character design elements.

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    Wayne Silva
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Create compelling, original characters using archetypes and design elements such as shadows and line with the tips and techniques found in this image-packed book. Bryan Tillman bridges the gap between the technique of drawing characters and the theory of good character design by using case studies, examples of professional art, and literary and pop culture references to teach you how to develop a character, not just draw one. The book also features Character Model Sheets that will guide you through the creation of new and unique characters. Finally, Bryan will break down established character archetypes to show you why and how the different aspects of good character design work. "
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    #2Cartooning the Head and Figure

    Cartooning the Head and Figure
    Cartooning the Head and Figure was written by Jack Hamm. It was first published on April 1, 1967. In Cartooning the Head and Figure, Jack Hamm provides methods to help artists better illustrate the head and figure.
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    #3Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

    Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

    Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art is an art instructional book written by Scott McCloud. In Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, Scott McCloud provides tips and explanations for artists who want to make their own comics.

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    Sara Duncan
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "provides tips and explanations for artists who want to make their own comics."
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    #4The Cartoonist's Big Book of Drawing Animals

    The Cartoonist's Big Book of Drawing Animals

    The Cartoonist's Big Book of Drawing Animals is an instructional art book written by Chris Hart. In The Cartoonist's Big Book of Drawing Animals, Chris Hart includes steps and methods to help artists learn how to draw animals.

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    Steven Jones
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "It seems to be solid when it comes to illustrations and animals"
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    #5The Anatomy of Style

    The Anatomy of Style
    The Anatomy of Style: Figure Drawing Techniques is written by Patrick J. Jones wherein he shares his unique teaching methods in drawing and illustrating the human body for the next generation artists. 
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    Ronald Tran
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "When I got The Anatomy of Style delivered to me, I was expecting a book to help me figure out how the famous artists in the past drew and understood bodies and how to perfect the drawing of them. Little did I know I was in for a huge surprise (positive!). This book goes into great detail about how to capture the skill and perfection of the human anatomy. Patrick really made way to help anyone out that is interested in improving their drawing abilities. "
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    #6Anatomy for the Artist

    Anatomy for the Artist

    Anatomy for the Artist is a nonfiction book by Sarah Simblet which serves as an illustrated guidebook to drawing the human anatomy for most professors. 

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    Omar Arteaga
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Just a amazing book with high quality photos that don't flatten figure. The photographer made the models put oil on their skin to even heightened the contrast. The vellum pages show muscle and bone laying over the figure so you can see how the artist sees. Phenomenal book overall."
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    #7Figure Drawing for All It's Worth (How to draw and paint)

    Figure Drawing for All It's Worth (How to draw and paint)

    Figure Drawing for All It's Worth (How to draw and paint) is an instructive art guide book about the fundamentals of drawing. It was written by the infamous Andrew Loomis and was published January 1, 1971 by Viking Adult.

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    Russell Campbell
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This design book is very helpful for anatomy drawing techniques.It has been very useful to me, and with the help of this book i have a better performance. I recommend it to all persons who need this skill improved immediately. "
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    #8Creative Illustration

    Creative Illustration

    Creative Illustration is an instructive art guide book for artists and aspiring artists written by the infamous Andrew Loomis. The Eight Printing March 1969 edition was re-published October 9, 2012 by Titan Books.

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    Cheryl Meyer
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Like all the classic Andrew Loomis illustration and drawing books, CREATIVE ILLUSTRATION is a useful and practical tome for every artist to study and keep in their shelves for repeated reference. Unlike some of Loomis's other books, this one is less about drawing technique, or figure drawing, perspective, etc., but instead an advance approach to putting all techniques together in making an effective illustration, with emphasis on line, tone, composition, drama, various mediums... it's not for the beginner (I'd recommend Loomis' "FIGURE DRAWING FOR ALL IT'S WORTH", for those looking for a good how-to-draw book), but invaluable for those ready for the next step."
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    #9The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head

    The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head
    The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan is an innovative guide that will teach you how to create a realistic human likeness by using the classic and highly accurate modeling technique of chiaroscuro developed by Leonardo da Vinci during the High Renaissance.
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    Robert Fernandez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you're looking to draw heads, then look no further, because this book is your comprehensive resource. William Maughan can teach you to draw big heads, little heads, fat heads, skinny heads, and all the heads in between. I never knew it was possible to draw so many heads, but that's all I sketch now. This book is so good, it's destroying my life; I was fired from work for drawing heads on the job. My wife left me because I turned down coitus in order to draw heads on a sketchpad in my nightstand. This is an excellent design book, but be warned: it will consume you."
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    #10Humongous Book of Cartooning

    Humongous Book of Cartooning

    Humongous Book of Cartooning is an instructive art guide book about animation for artists and aspiring artists. It was written by Christopher Hart and was published September 22, 2009 by Watson-Guptill.

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    Roger Woods
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is a great example of instructional material that is good for novice and expert. I don't have much talent in drawing, and after just a few chapters, I was able to make much better looking characters. I think I might start a comic strip just for fun. "

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Best What are the best books about character illustration and design
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Creative Character DesignBooks 46 Paid
2Cartooning the Head and FigureBooks 38 Paid
3Understanding Comics: The Invisible ArtBooks 29 Paid
4The Cartoonist's Big Book of Drawing AnimalsBooks 28 Paid
5The Anatomy of StyleBooks 10 Paid
6Anatomy for the ArtistBooks 8 Paid
7Figure Drawing for All It's Worth (How to draw and paint)Books 7 Paid
8Creative IllustrationBooks 4 Paid
9The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the HeadBooks 3 Paid
10Humongous Book of CartooningBooks 1 Paid
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